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A chronicle of events, news and information of the Golden Ears Chapter of the Vintage Car Club.

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Valley Fair Mall Show

Posted by angholbrook on June 14, 2014 at 9:25 PM Comments comments ()

We had a very good turnout of cars for the Valley Fair Mall Father's Day Show (but no shine).  10 vehicles showed up in a very light drizzle that turned into rain, changed back to drizzle, etc all day long.  The management of the Mall were very good to us.  They provided us with tents so that we could sit in comfort (somewhat - until we got dripped on) and they brought us goodies ... danish, muffins and cookies ... yum!  Some of us wished we had put our cars inside the mall as the Phillips and Waddells did with their yellow themed vehicles - a Ford Vic and a Mercury - that way we could have stayed in a nice warm place all day.  

Thank you to all those who did turn out,

Vern with his Tbird,

Connor and his Merc,

Angela and the Satellite,

Al with his Buick,

Barry & Anne with their Model A,

Jake & Carolyn with their Ford Vic,

Bruce & Renate with their TBird, 

Bill with his Olds

Pete with his Chev

and Gary with his Corvette

MRSS Show & Shine - Dry Grad Fundraiser

Posted by angholbrook on June 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM Comments comments ()

On a drizzly May 25 a handful of Golden Ears members ventured out with their oldies to participate in the 4th Annual Maple Ridge Secondary School Dry Grad Fundraiser. 

Kidsport Golf Tournament

Posted by angholbrook on May 9, 2014 at 1:40 PM Comments comments ()

On a very rainy day, May 4, a number of our members shuttled golfers from Maple Ridge Secondary School and Terry Fox Secondary School to the Westwood Plateau Golf Club.  All passengers were teachers or administrators who were participating in the Annual SD43 Kidsport Golf Tournament.   Once inside the dry clubhouse we visited, ate breakfast and were quite glad that we were not golfing.

GARAGE TOUR - April 27, 2014

Posted by angholbrook on April 27, 2014 at 8:05 PM Comments comments ()

A number of vehicles - new and old - met at the Tim Horton's to travel to Surrey to visit two garages under partly sunny skies.  After concluding that Jake's 'leak' was not fatal, we left and motored over the Golden Ears Bridge and out 200th to 80th and over to Tucker's Tin Farm.  There we met up with the Lamothe's and the Ulmer's.  In total there were 28 people with 11 oldies!

Earl and June, the consumate hosts, had coffee, tea and refreshments available for us to go along with the donuts provided by the Chapter.  Earl told us that he is trying to downsize and that most anything was for sale .... if we just asked and had the money to pay for it!  Already the railway and all the vintage pop bottles had disappeared - hopefully they went to good homes.

Earl showed us his very special vehicle - a 1941 Graham Hollywood - a special car that is totally custom having a 350 Corvette motor and power EVERYTHING!  We are sure that he will have loads of fun with this one.

After a gab session and a wonderful visit, we left to go down the street to Dave Pollon's Chicken Farm.  Earl, June and their daughter and son-in-law joined us.

Entering the Chicken Barn, one is not ready for what meets them .... You step into another world, one from the 50's or 60's, complete with a Soda Fountain, Main Street (with store fronts) and a garage.  

Through the garage you step into a wonderful showroom filled with beautiful automobiles - new and old.  What a great place.

Thank you to Earl, June and Dave for a wonderful afternoon!

For pictures please check out our Photo Albums.

Otter Co-op Show & Shine - April 26 2014

Posted by angholbrook on April 26, 2014 at 10:40 PM Comments comments ()

6 vehicles met at Tim Horton's before travelling through the backroads to Fort Langley, picking up another car and on to Aldergrove.  The day was cloudy, but promissing.

On arriving at Otter Co-op at 248th and Fraser Hwy, we were greeted by the Central Fraser Valley Chapter members and registered.  Luckily we all parked together, but by 9:30 the lot was full.  The sun was out and everyone headed in to join the line in the Co-op for  breakfast - 2 eggs, bacon (or sausage if you liked) hashbrowns and toast for $2.99 - not bad, unlimited coffee was extra.  We met up with Dick and Harry and ushered them out of their seats so we could sit down.

The BBQ was lit and Fraser & Dorothy Field and Pa Morris cooked up lunch of hamburgs and hot dogs, helped out by the ladies of the Central Fraser Valley Chapter.   

The rain started about 11:00 and drizzled on and off until about 12:30.  Unfortunately most of our vehicles left.  Just the 38 Ford and 37 Dodge were left - at lest these two can weather the storm!!  And unlike the rest, the two oldies travelled home in the bright sunshine around 2:00 o'clock.

Thanks to all at Central Fraser Valley for a great day!

See pictures in our Photo Album.


Posted by angholbrook on April 14, 2014 at 1:45 PM Comments comments ()

Our Spring Swap meet was held on April 12th at the Albion Fairgrounds in Maple Ridge, BC.   It was a beautiful sunny day - all day - no raindrops of any sort!  What a difference from other years.  

Almost 50 members, spouses and friends helped to make this a very successful and fun event.  Our friendly members welcomed people from all over the lower mainland who had come to browse the wares of car nuts from all over the province and south of the border.  Lots of people brought out their classics and parked in the show section of the fairgrounds for all to admire.

Check out some of the pictures in our Photo Gallery.


Posted by angholbrook on April 4, 2014 at 6:35 PM Comments comments ()


Mark Francis (ICBC) outlined the current goals: ICBC is 40 years old & is updating the technology ($400 M,) maintaining healthy financials, supporting business partners, simplify/modify processes. A video (You Tube Volvo self-driving cars,) was shown to demonstrate the near future of driving. The Collector Car Program is small but important & is well-known across Canada. The application program has been improved to build public awareness of the criteria, thus preventing rejections, by implementing the 4 page application, updating info on, & updating brochures. ICBC agrees to expand the Mod. Vehicle to 1974 vehicles, expand to include replica vehicles, & to register out-of-province vehicles undergoing restoration

BUT this will not happen until the technology is in place 2016. There are 23 398 Collector/Mod. licences, 8 501 Antique, and 5000 annual applications. Of the 5000 applications received each year, a significant number are for transfer of title and this ensures the vehicles are maintained to meet the criteria.

Squeal Line: when a tip is received, the owner of the vehicle receives a warning letter. If photos arrive with the tip, ac-tion is taken and the account is flagged to not be renewed.

Era-correct parts: send photos & as much documentation as you can to support.

Japanese tiny trucks with rt. Hand drive: ICBC petitioned the Federal Gov’t to change the age to 25 years but there is heavy lobby by the Import Corporations. The vehicles have 44% higher crash incidence. Quebec rejects, PEI in process.

Installing a bigger engine: must be registered Modified, may require inspection.

You can submit questions to [email protected], [email protected]

Declaration of Collector Car Appreciation Day (July 12th) to recognize outstanding contribution to charities & communities.

Tom Whiffen invited people to join the cruise to 100 Mile house for their car show July 12-13th.

SVABC currently has a good working relationship with ICBC; “No strength without working together.” ICBC was impressed with the number of members who responded to our survey. With government, numbers count so we need all car people & car clubs to join. Having Paypal on the web site helped increase membership.

The Board of Directors was elected to continue for 2014.

AirCare is finished at the end of 2014. There is no movement to privatize. There is a pro-rated cost.

Discussion about encouraging young people to get involved in the hobby resulted in these suggestions: ask young owners about their cars, visit high school shop programs, help youth with their car maintenance, etc. The NASKARS program in Vancouver (donated shop space & supplies, police volunteers, and kids who have stolen cars, building a car) resulted in saving $700 000 per kid…on stolen car settlements.

Remember the switch from HST to PST & GST? The New Car Dealers Assoc insisted that the 5% tax on every vehicle, boat, airplane, etc. continue. That tax netted $240 Million from July 2010 to Dec. 2013. Each time you purchase a collector vehicle, and any other used vehicle, the tax is collected again and again on the same vehicle…don’t you wish you’d sent a letter of protest to your MLA?

Some people want SVABC decals on their cars, others don’t want decals on their vehicles. The criteria for collector plates states no decals advertising commercial/corporate entities.

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So long Jim!

Posted by angholbrook on February 20, 2014 at 4:25 PM Comments comments ()

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of long time member, Jim Garneau.  Jim was always the life of the party and celebrated better than anyone else.  His birthday came around each time we were together in a restaraunt!  Jim was not afraid to show his 'feminine' side, as witnessed by many of us at the 2010 May Tour and also at the annual Halloween Party.  He was always there for the members, helping them with any project or problem.  Jim, you will be missed by many.

A reception to celebrate his life will be held at his home on Sunday, February 23 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Wednesday's Wheels

Posted by angholbrook on July 10, 2013 at 1:45 PM Comments comments ()

29 Ford

Garage Tour - July 7 - Grandpa's Old Cars

Posted by angholbrook on July 8, 2013 at 1:30 PM Comments comments ()

On July 7 a number of members and family met at the Tim Horton's on 203rd and convoyed over the Golden Ears Bridge and west into Richmond to visit the wonderful auto collection of Jim Ratsoy - now known as Grandpa's Old Car Museum.  We were joined by the Early Ford V8 club and others.  Jim Ratsoy, Cathie Cawthorne and Bob Mitchell hosted us, turning on the jukeboxes, player pianos and pinball machines, which kept everyone entertained.  

Grandpa's Old Cars collection includes some very rare vehicles as well as more common ones.  You can see a 1906 Stevens as well as Fords of evey year it seems.  You can see some pictures in our Photo Gallery

For more information you can go to the website.  Grandpa's Old Cars

Jim is always in the market to buy and sell!!